We’ve all been there. You’re at the gym and you really don’t feel like working out. In fact, you’d love nothing more than to head home, slip on your pajamas, and veg out in front of the couch for the rest of the day. Still, you convince yourself to push through your workout—and by the time you’re done, you’re glad you powered through!
On the other hand, forcing yourself to finish a workout isn’t always a good idea. In fact, there are a few warning signs that you should end your workout early to avoid potential health risks.
You’re Having Trouble Breathing
If you work out vigorously, then surely you’ve experienced shortness of breath. You should be able to catch your breath by slowing down for a few moments, and that’s perfectly fine. However, if you find that you’re having trouble breathing during your workout and aren’t able to catch your breath after slowing down a little, then this could be a sign of a respiratory or heart condition. Play it safe by cutting your workout short, and consider seeing a doctor if this issue persists.
There’s a Tightness in Your Chest
One of the scariest things to encounter during a workout is a feeling of tightness or pressure in your chest. If you experience this, stop your exercise immediately. This could be a sign of a heart attack. Seek medical attention right away, even if it means asking a fellow gym-goer or gym staff member to call an ambulance. This is something you don’t want to mess around with.
You’re Recovering From Being Sick
While sitting out a few workouts due to a cold, flu, or other illness may seem “weak,” it’s important that you give your body the time it needs to rest and rebuild strength. Exercising while you’re sick can not only worsen your symptoms, but could also make recovery from your illness take even longer. When it does come time to start exercising again, ease yourself into it so as not to overwhelm your body.
You Feel a Sudden, Sharp Pain
Finally, if you experience a sudden pain in a localized area of the body (such as the knee) while working out, you should probably stop and take a rest. You may have injured yourself, and continuing to exercise could aggravate your injury. Get checked out by your doctor before you return to your routine.
Pushing through a workout can be a good thing, but in these situations, it’s best to give it a rest. This way, you can prevent serious injuries and medical problems!